Panic disorder

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What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder is a specific psychological phenomenon characterized by sudden onset of anxiety (often unrelated to objective events), accompanied by autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, paresthesia, flushing, and sweating.

Common symptoms reported by people with panic disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
354
Tried for
panic disorder (309) anxious mood (199)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
182
Tried for
panic disorder (167) anxious mood (86)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
181
Tried for
panic disorder (141) panic attacks (89)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
161
Tried for
depressed mood (128) panic disorder (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
Tried for
depressed mood (111) panic disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
Tried for
depressed mood (117) panic disorder (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
anxious mood (73) panic attacks (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
Pain (60) anxious mood (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
anxious mood (52) depressed mood (44)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
anxious mood (50) depressed mood (24)
3 more

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (153 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 43 more
Total evaluations
203
Tried for
panic disorder (309) anxious mood (199)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (77 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 24 more
Total evaluations
92
Tried for
panic disorder (167) anxious mood (86)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (70 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 32 more
Total evaluations
99
Tried for
panic disorder (141) panic attacks (89)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (74 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) suicidal thoughts or urges 61 more
Total evaluations
117
Tried for
depressed mood (128) panic disorder (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (54 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness decreased sex drive (libido) 39 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
depressed mood (111) panic disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (75 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 49 more
Total evaluations
92
Tried for
depressed mood (117) panic disorder (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness daytime sleepiness 8 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
anxious mood (73) panic attacks (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (42 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness balance problems 37 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
Pain (60) anxious mood (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (51 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction decreased sex drive (libido) 43 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
anxious mood (52) depressed mood (44)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint dry mouth 18 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
anxious mood (50) depressed mood (24)
3 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has panic disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 73
20s 1,660
30s 4,173
40s 4,874
50s 3,898
60s 1,623
70+ 289
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,488
20-29 years 1,023
30-39 years 618
40-49 years 356
50-59 years 92
60-69 years 12
70+ years 5

Sex

Distribution of sex

73% Female
27% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,813
Not Diagnosed 2,094

These charts show data from panic disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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